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Organization : Ministry of External Affairs
Scholarship Name : Scholarship Programme For Diaspora Children SPDC Scheme 2016-17
Application Deadline : 30th November, 2016

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SPDC Scheme:

The Scholarship Programme For Diaspora Children was revamped in July, 2016 and applications from eligible candidates were invited online by 15 November, 2016.


SPDC 2017-18 Scholarship For Diaspora Children :

** The NRI, PIO students who were admitted in India in 2015-16 batch are now eligible for scholarships under SPDC and will be governed by the existing revamped Scheme 2016-17.
** Such students will be eligible for scholarship from the current academic year (i.e. they will not receive scholarship amount for 2015-16).
** The amount of scholarship for this category of students shall be determined as applicable for 2nd year students. Applications from such candidates be submitted through SPDC Portal by 30 November, 2016.
** The monthly income limit for PIOs and NRIs has been raised to US$ 4000 from existing US$ 2250.
** The candidates can now upload self attested copies of all supporting documents except proof of Indian Origin. The proof of Indian Origin or undertaking about Indian Origin of applicants must be attested by Mission and submitted on SPDC Portal.
** In addition to NITs, IIITs and SPAs covered under DASA Scheme, students admitted in other premier institutes covered under DASA shall also be eligible for scholarship under SPDC Scheme.
** Last date for submission of applications is extended to 30 November, 2016.

Other provisions of the SPDC Schemes remain the same. Interested and eligible NRI and PIO students can submit applications online on by 30 November, 2016.

Number of Scholarships:
Scholarship shall be provided to 150 selected students, without earmarking NRIs/ PIOs. 50 out of these 150 scholarships are earmarked for Children of Indian workers (CIWG) in the 17 Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries subject to fulfilling eligibility conditions.

Of these 50 scholarships 1/3rd shall be reserved for children who are pursuing studies in India, subject to fulfilling eligibility conditions. If any of these seats are not filled up, they will be made available to applicants from other categories under SPDC and vice-versa.

ECR countries are:
Afghanistan, Bahrain, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The SPDC is open to applicants in the age group of 17 to 21 years as on 1st October 2016. Applicants born on or after 1st October, 1995 and before 1st October, 1999 are eligible to apply. Date of birth as recorded in the Secondary Education Board/University Certificate of Class 10th or equivalent, or as mentioned in a certificate for this purpose issued by appropriate Government authorities of respective countries will be taken as authentic for this purpose

How To Apply:
After obtaining admission in selected course in any of the institutes as mentioned in Appendix ā€˜Cā€™, students who fulfill all other eligibility conditions can complete and submit the online application form on the SPDC portal

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